Briefing: Generation Rent - learning from different rental markets

By: Robbie de Santos  Published: November 2011

Many people think of private tenants as young professionals or students. Yet, of the 3.4 million households now renting privately, more than one million are families with children, many with no other option but to be private tenants for the foreseeable future. Recent policy changes, combined with a lack of new affordable homes and high house prices, mean that the sector is likely to continue to grow, particularly among low-middle income families and vulnerable groups.


'Generation Rent' is here to stay and it is right that we consider options to make sure that the place they live is their home. The purpose of this briefing is to understand how other countries’ private rented sectors work and to identify opportunities to learn from others’ experience to inform a discussion on how private renting delivers quality, stable homes for all households that live in it, particularly families.


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